Archive for the 'Conflict' Category
 

How Other People Can Ruin Your Relationship

Sep. 9th 2012
Your well-meaning, opinionated friends and family members can systematically tear your relationship apart … if you let them.

Kudos to Kudrow

Sep. 3rd 2012
In a recent graduation speech, Lisa Kudrow told young people not to take risks. And, believe it or not, I agree with her.

Chris Bosh and Allison Mathis: Having It In Writing Might Have Helped

Aug. 13th 2012
Avoid the drama and expense of legal battles by planning for your split before it happens.

Memories of Relationships Past

Jul. 16th 2012
When you remember past relationships, do you think of your former partners fondly? Or are you still bitter, angry or hurt?

From Marriage to Co-Parenting: Redefining a Relationship

Jul. 8th 2012
If your ex is still a good parent to your children, consider yourself blessed.

The Blaming of You

Jun. 17th 2012
Do you and your partner play the blame game? Psychologists say it’s only natural, but that doesn’t mean it’s productive.

Turf Wars

Jun. 10th 2012
When two people share a home, they both undoubtedly want to feel comfortable there. But there will probably be times when they have opposing desires about what should go on in that space.

How Bad Was Bobby Brown?

May. 27th 2012
How much of what you read or hear about other people’s romantic partnerships do you actually believe?

What is Important to Me?

May. 21st 2012
Sometimes the egocentric desire to keep score can ruin the enjoyment we get from simply giving to others.

When Partners Do Things We Do Not Like

May. 14th 2012
What does your partner do that drives you crazy? Are you capable of simply accepting that quality or behavior as part of who your mate is, and not considering it a ploy designed to infuriate you?

What is Relationship Consciousness?

May. 7th 2012
How well do you and your partner make decisions together and resolve potential conflicts? Are you able to do so in a way that usually leaves both parties feeling heard, and to some degree, satisfied?

Are Relationships Sacred?

Apr. 23rd 2012
Are there aspects of your relationship that are too “sacred” to even discuss? If so, you might be headed for turbulence.

Monogamy: How Important is It to You?

Apr. 16th 2012
Considering the emotional, financial and even bodily damage that infidelity can bring about, it’s worth discussing your thoughts on the issue with your mate.

In Defense of a Former Stripper

Apr. 2nd 2012
Do you feel guilty about decisions you made in the past? If so, consider this: “right” and “wrong” are subjective, and guilt is a waste of time.

Selfish vs. Selfless: What’s the Difference?

Mar. 12th 2012
Neither selfishness nor selflessness is good or bad. In fact, the two concepts are inextricably linked, not opposites, as their definitions seemingly imply.

Should I Help Raise a Child I Didn’t Want?

Feb. 25th 2012
Whether to have children is a very big (and very personal) decision. And it can really get complicated when factoring a partner’s desires into the equation.

Married and ‘Single’ Parenting

Feb. 19th 2012
To have children, or not to have children: This question has changed the dynamic of many marriages – for better, or for worse.

It’s Controversial

Jan. 30th 2012
Here's what to do about those home-wrecking "other women."

Why I Suspect My Partner is Cheating on Me

Jan. 23rd 2012
A key to a healthy, productive relationship is not learning how to spot the signs of an affair; it is to stop worrying about it.

Are My Saggy Pants Really Hurting You?

Jan. 16th 2012
Do you use condemnation as a way to manipulate others into doing and behaving how you think they should?

A Perspective Against “Manning Up”

Dec. 27th 2011
Only you can determine what you value in life and/or how you behave in order to be "a man” or "a woman.”

Monogamy = Love?

Dec. 19th 2011
My second guest blogger, Jill Nelson discusses why women so often conflate a monogamous relationship with love.

How to Avoid “Relationship Debt”

Dec. 4th 2011
Debt is an unpleasant reality that most Americans have learned to live with – both in their personal finances and in their politics. But remember when you’re holiday shopping this year that it can also be hard on a marriage.

The Other Side of a Table and a Marriage

Nov. 21st 2011
When we stop blaming our former partners, and understanding the roles that we played in failed relationships, we may find peace, personal growth and a chance at new love.

Adult-Child Anger When Parents Divorce

Sep. 24th 2011
Divorce is hard on children, but when those children are grown, it can be even harder.

Abuse or a Learning Experience: You Pick

Sep. 17th 2011
If you can learn and grow from an experience, it isn’t abuse. It is a learning opportunity.

Married Couples are NOT Necessarily Happier

Aug. 22nd 2011
Research shows unhappily-married people to be far less content with life than their single counterparts.

Parenting: A Selfish Act

Aug. 17th 2011
Is having children a sacrifice, or is it just as selfish as everything else we do?

Having Less Pain in Your Relationship

Aug. 13th 2011
Has your mate ever done something that hurt you? A new study suggests that it probably wasn’t as painful as you remember.

To Snoop or Not to Snoop on Your Partner

Aug. 4th 2011
Are you thinking about (or already) checking your partner's e-mails, text messages or call logs? And is doing so getting you anywhere?

Get More Done at Home Without Hurting Yourself or Your Relationship

Jul. 29th 2011
Sometimes, it takes a village to run a household.

A Tip About Relationship Dynamics

Jul. 21st 2011
"Social appreciation” is not a “tip.”

Relationship Wisdom from Aretha Franklin

Jul. 14th 2011
The Queen of Soul says, “Don’t be afraid to grow out of love.”

Set Some Rules for Disagreements in Your Relationship

Jul. 4th 2011
Keep minor disagreements from becoming full-blown arguments by creating some rules for engagement in your relationship.

The Beauty of Conflict

Jun. 5th 2011
Believe it or not, conflict can be good for your relationship.